Playing Smart Poker: Control Those Emotions
Let’s take a look at something that is important in poker: emotions. You are off the hood this time, but still read and be aware if you ever need this advice.
As it is well known the one most important thing in poker is to pay attention to you game. Perfect poker players are always aware of their opponents emotions and they know how to read them.
Every card dealt, every bet, every look tells a lot about that player and his cards if you know how to look at him. You must watch your opponent as he bets and remember how much he bets, what are his words when he bets. Every little gesture like a breath, a smile can tell every thing about the cards he is holding. For example, a player that has good cards is more likely to speak very little, to watch everyone closely and check often.
The part that betrays the most are the eyes. If you can’t trust your eyes, then you could always turn to the pros solution, wear glasses. In order not to create any suspicions you need to be confident in your eyes and face expression. The best solution seems to be making up a problem you have to think about, or thinking about a real problem that you have although the game. If you are looking straight into someone’s eye in real life it means you are confident, but in poker you might have to deal with a partner that is experienced and your guess could be wrong. You can always try to make a conversation and look into his eyes, seeing if he responds to that. People usually avoid looking into your eyes if they know they have something going on.
If you ever find yourself in a real poker room and you have an incredible hand, you can get restless and your hands might start shaking. You should avoid talking or if you do, control your voice because the voice will tend to use a higher tone. Try to speak as calm as possible the whole game, so they can’t tell what you’re holding.
This is not a rule however. Some players try to act the opposite in every situation to create confusion. They will be calm when holding a good hand and restless when having bad cards.
Facial expression can be a thing that can also betray. Poker players always try to wear a hat or to look down at all times so the others can’t guess their hands. Beginners might show some sadness when the cards are bad and a little joy when the hand is good.
The most secure thing to do not to become the slave of emotions may they be joy or anger, especially if they are fear. You should stay calm and try to tell the emotions of others using use their feelings for your game.